The Peoples Democratic Party, Akwa Ibom State chapter has received over Twenty Thousand, (20,000) decampees from different political parties in the State.
This was disclosed by the governor, Udom Emmanuel while fielding questions from journalists shortly after a PDP meeting at his hometown, Awa Iman 1 Civic Centre yesterday.
Describing the defection as a testament of the party’s dominance in the state, the governor assured all the decampees of giving them a pride of place in the party.
He, therefore, tasked stakeholders of the PDP across the 329 wards of the state to embrace and integrate the returning politicians back to the fold.
He said, “We are holding Ward meetings to look at our ward structures, to do a review and also receive decampees.
“In all the 329 wards of the State we are receiving 20,000 people returning to the party and there’s no way we could have done that at one location.
“What we are doing today is also to reassure the people that this is a PDP state and that we are ready to hold the ground and win the game.
“You can see that the who-is-who in the ward is here and as a party man I have also come down to my ward because nobody is above the party.”
Speaking earlier, during the party meeting, the governor charged party faithful to be committed and steadfast in the party to show cause for trust.
He also assured those who participated, but could not win, in the just concluded party primaries of inclusion in governance.
Speaking on behalf of decampees from the APC in Onna, a former Vice Chairman of Onna Local Government Council and Chapter Secretary of the APC, Hon. Julius Okon, said his defection to the then ACN and subsequently the APC followed his close ties with some persons on the other side of the political divide and a seemingly promising future, has chosen to return, with the main structure of the APC, to the PDP where he had been a foundational member.
Okon appealed to the governor and the leadership of PDP to protect his interest and other decampees in Onna LGA, adding that their return to the PDP was in earnest, to “identify with the obvious and laudable development strides of the Governor Emmanuel led government and to support his succession plan”.